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Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 13, 8365-8379, 2013
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Review article
22 Aug 2013
Recommendations for reporting "black carbon" measurements
A. Petzold1, J. A. Ogren2, M. Fiebig3, P. Laj4, S.-M. Li5, U. Baltensperger6, T. Holzer-Popp7, S. Kinne8, G. Pappalardo9, N. Sugimoto10, C. Wehrli11, A. Wiedensohler12, and X.-Y. Zhang13 1Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Institut für Energie- und Klimaforschung IEK-8, 52425 Jülich, Germany
2NOAA/ESRL Global Monitoring Division, Boulder, CO 80305, USA
3Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU), 2027 Kjeller, Norway
4Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Géophysique de l'Environnement, Université de Grenoble I – CNRS, 38402 Saint Martin d'Hères cedex, France
5Environment Canada, Processes Research Section, Toronto, ON M3H 5T4, Canada
6Laboratory of Atmospheric Chemistry, Paul Scherrer Institute, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland
7Deutsches Fernerkundungsdatenzentrum, DLR, 82234 Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
8Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Bundesstrasse 53, 20146 Hamburg, Germany
9Istituto di Metodologie per l'Analisi Ambientale (CNR-IMAA), Potenza, 85050, Italy
10National Institute for Environmental Studies, 16-2 Onogawa, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8506, Japan
11Physikalisch-Meteorologisches Observatorium Davos (PMOD/WRC), 7260 Davos, Switzerland
12Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research, Permoserstr. 15, 04318 Leipzig, Germany
13Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences, 46 Zhong-Guan-Cun S. Av., Beijing 100081, China
Abstract. Although black carbon (BC) is one of the key atmospheric particulate components driving climate change and air quality, there is no agreement on the terminology that considers all aspects of specific properties, definitions, measurement methods, and related uncertainties. As a result, there is much ambiguity in the scientific literature of measurements and numerical models that refer to BC with different names and based on different properties of the particles, with no clear definition of the terms. The authors present here a recommended terminology to clarify the terms used for BC in atmospheric research, with the goal of establishing unambiguous links between terms, targeted material properties and associated measurement techniques.

Citation: Petzold, A., Ogren, J. A., Fiebig, M., Laj, P., Li, S.-M., Baltensperger, U., Holzer-Popp, T., Kinne, S., Pappalardo, G., Sugimoto, N., Wehrli, C., Wiedensohler, A., and Zhang, X.-Y.: Recommendations for reporting "black carbon" measurements, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 13, 8365-8379,, 2013.
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